Hamburger is one of the most popular foods in the world, however in the Balkans and especially in the former Yugoslav countries, the most popular dish with minced meat remains cevapi or cevapcici. It is considered a national dish of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is also common in Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Slovenia, Albania and Romania. Cevapi has its origins in the Balkans during the Ottoman period and represents a regional speciality similar to kebab. During the Ottoman occupation, hajduks (rebels, outlaws) made the hajducki cevap, which was easy to make, out of pieces of meat and smoked lard on a skewer roasted over fire. Cevapi as it is made today is said to have originated in Belgrade in the 19th century, and then spread throughout the Balkans. It entered Croatia in the second half of the 20th century and became extremely popular.

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